WETHERBY Police are warning residents to be on their guard after several reports of phone scams in the Wetherby area.
Over the past few months Wetherby police have received several reports from members of the public that they have been scammed out of money after being contacted on the telephone by people claiming to be from legitimate UK companies.
These callers have stated that they can offer fantastic savings on things like phone tariffs, gas and electric tariffs and bank loans.
Part of the scam is for the callers to ask for a UKASH voucher to be purchased and the code given to them so that they can redeem the value in exchange for the release of the deals they claim to offer.
Once the voucher code is given the money will be redeemed online and transferred abroad and is virtually impossible to trace or recover.
Police are asking all residents to be aware that these people are operating and if contacted and asked to purchase a UKASH voucher to refuse and do not provide any bank details.
For further information on this type of crime or if you have been a victim of fraud please contact police on non- emergency number 101 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the website www.actionfraud.org.uk